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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Meetings give residents the opportunity to voice concerns

As your representative in the state assembly, my top priority has always been to stand up for the issues that matter most to families here in Central New York. That’s why I fought for a state budget that will help strengthen our local economy and invest in our schools — but there’s still more that can be done. Together, we can make our communities stronger. I encourage you to get involved in the legislative process and make your voice heard.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Village Renaissance man remembered

During the first weekend of April more than a dozen vehicles, many with out-of-state license plates, parked as near as possible to the corner of Fourth and Vine where Dr. Bob Pastel lived for decades in a big old brick-and-mortar home surrounded by overgrown bushes and a small forest of trees.

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Onondaga County children need foster homes

Becoming a foster parent isn’t easy. You have to treat the children as your own, care for them, in many cases fall in love with them, only to watch them leave when they return home. But imagine the difference you can make for those children while they’re in your home. To learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call the Onondaga County Home Finding Unit at 435-3827 or visit giveyourlifeasmile.com.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

Even though some of the distinctive details have been lost over the years, the house still retains its original form and is easily recognizable. Can you identify the home?

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Canton Woods gets into the act

Canton Woods is an active center with an exciting schedule of programs and activities. May is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Get Into the Act! The center offers many ways to Get into the Act!

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Library focus: Many reasons to visit BPL this spring, from tech to Tai Chi

Sports programs are in full flower, projects are coming due and the garden is calling, but there are still a lot of great reasons to visit us down here at the library, even if you did stock up at last month’s book sale.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Push back the teacher evaluation deadline

The passage of the 2015-16 state budget was the fifth consecutive on-time budget holding spending growth to less than 2 percent. This budget also puts families first by restoring much-needed funding for our schools, securing a $1.6 billion increase in education aid over last year for a total of $23 billion. The budget plan also funds numerous economic development projects to create more jobs.

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Guest column: Check out Silver Fox Social Club

Located in beautiful downtown Baldwinsville, the Silver Fox Senior Social Club overlooks the Seneca River and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: We must do more for victims of domestic violence

As a husband and father, hearing stories about incidents of domestic violence truly breaks my heart. No one should have to suffer such abuse. As we take steps to prevent these crimes from happening, we should also fight for the rights of those who have been victimized.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Ya gotta regatta… in Onondaga County

At the April legislative session, I’m proud to report that my colleagues and I authorized funding to bring back the sport of competitive rowing to Onondaga Lake.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Civil War flag on display at county courthouse

From April 12, 1861, to May 9, 1865, more than 600,000 Americans gave their lives during one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history: the Civil War. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

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EDITORIAL: Think twice before you litter — it’s not about the convenience

With the season of spring finally showing itself in Central New York, this winter’s snow has melted and exposed the litter and debris that was previously kept hidden by the harsh weather. And now that people in the community are looking forward to enjoying the outdoors this season, many are noticing the large amount of accumulated litter and are choosing to take action.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Taking pride in our community

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to see it firsthand when I participated in the Earth Day cleanup in and around the Cicero area. It was encouraging to see that our group of about 15 volunteers was comprised of all age groups.

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NOPL NEWS: Preparing for exams with NOPL’s Learning Express Library

Whether you are a high school student interested in college or an individual working towards a new career, there’s likely one thing you have in common: at some point you’ll need to take an entrance or certification exam. Start preparing now by accessing the Learning Express Library online through NOPL.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: First Street barber shop to become an antique shop

Dave Detlor’s Lakeview Barber Shop closed a couple of weeks before Christmas last year after Dave was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.  Now the building at 221 First St. has been sold to Holly Koenig of Jamesville. Koenig plans to transform the place into an antique shop, reported Realist realtor Ed DeLong, who lives in Liverpool. DeLong brokered the cash sale which is scheduled for closing this week.